Grad Notes

Compiled by Lesley Onstott

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Bennie Branch (BSAE ’88, MS ’90) of Tifton was elected president of Kelley Manufacturing Company. KMC manufactures and distributes a diverse product line for tillage, peanut harvesting and poultry houses.

Arts & Sciences

Philip C. Cook (PhD ’68) of Ruston, La., is a history professor at Louisiana Technical College, where he specializes in Louisiana history. Richard Scott Hill (BSEd ’67, MFA ’69) of Whitesburg selected artwork from over 30,000 pieces to display in the Carrollton Cultural Arts Center’s 10-year retrospective. Hill is an internationally renowned artist whose artwork has been included in many nationally and internationally recognized exhibitions. Jann Haynes Gilmore (MA ’71, PhD ’75) of Alexandria, Va., curated an exhibition of her collection of American artist greeting cards at the Biggs Museum of American Art in Dover, Del. Gilmore wrote five books and curated nine exhibitions of art by American women artists. Charles S. Gurr (PhD ’73) of Ellaville spoke at the 14th annual meeting of the Ellaville-Schley County Chamber of Commerce. Since retiring from his post as dean and executive vice president of Gainesville College, Gurr has been the project director of The New Georgia Guide, and he is currently acting director of the Northeast Georgia History Center. Bala Swaminathan (MS ’74, PhD ’77) of Atlanta was awarded the 2008 American Society for Microbiology Gen-Probe Joseph Award. Swaminathan, vice president of technical and business development for IHRC Inc., was honored for his leadership and service in the field of public health. William Cale Jr. (PhD ’75) of Florence, Ala., is president of the University of North Alabama. Since 2005, he has helped the Florence school post several years of record enrollment. Ralph G. Brown III (MFA ’76) was the first exhibitor at the Albany Museum of Art’s Collection/Recollection with his “notion of the journey” collection. In “disPLACEMENTS: Georgia Arc,” Brown embedded a sculpture on a site on the outskirts of campus and then created images of the unseen work using ground-penetrating radar, a magnetometer and readings of electromagnetic conductivity. The resulting graphs and charts were displayed at UGA’s Broad Street Gallery. Brown is an associate professor of art and head of the sculpture program at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Sherrie L. Ford (PhD ’82) of Athens was featured in a careers in engineering and information article for her work as chair and executive VP for Power Partners and the founder of Change Partners, an organizational consulting firm based in Athens. Ioannis Argyros (MA ’83, PhD ’84) of Lawton, Ohio, finished his 15th published book, a textbook titled Computational Theory of Iterative Methods. Argyros is a professor at Cameron University. Dianne Cable (MA ’83) of Hot Springs, N.C., opened her art show, “La-La-La-La-La-La-La,” at the Upper Gallery of the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Hot Springs, N.C. The exhibit features her creations of recycled toys assembled together in new forms. Catherine Marie Doherty (MFA ’83) of Norwich, Vt., directed “Doubt” for the Northern Stage production at the Briggs Opera House. Wesley Davis Martin Jr. (MS ’85) of Halifax, Va., spoke to the Halifax Woman’s Club and presented a check for the restoration of the Halifax Masonic Lodge, the oldest structure in Halifax. Germaine “Pat” Haskill (MFA ’86) of Hilton Head, S.C., co-founded South Carolina Repertory Company with her husband in 1992. Haskill is the artistic director, performing as an actor and handling the lighting, sound and creation of the sets. The company is known for being avant-garde in its selection of performances. Joe Remillard (MFA ’86) of Atlanta is an artist represented by one of Atlanta’s oldest and most important galleries. Remillard is also an associate professor at Kennesaw State University. Mary Ann Moran (PhD ’87) of Athens was awarded the inaugural D.C. White Research and Mentoring Award from the American Society for Microbiology. Moran, a research professor with UGA’s department of marine sciences, received the award for her accomplishments in interdisciplinary research and guidance. Jon Mehlferber (MFA ’88, PhD ’93) of Bristol, Va., has had his research, “The Dwelling as a Sculptural Motif: A Critical Analysis of Selected Contemporary Works,” included in the Smithsonian Institution American Art Museum. A. Randall Bramblett (MSW ’89) of Athens performed at Madfest, a concert benefiting the Madelyne Underwood Forbes Memorial Scholarship Fund. Gordon Johnston (MA ’91, PhD ’95) of Macon hosted a poetry reading at Middle Georgia College. The published poet is an associate professor of English at Mercer University in Macon. Christine Davis (MA ’95) of Manchester, N.H., was named the Franco American Centre’s executive director. Richard Carmelich (MPA ’98) of Bristol, Conn., was hired as the business manager for Plainville Community Schools. Christopher Wyrick (MFA ’00) and his wife, Sandi Turner (AB ’94) of Athens opened Mercury Art Works in Athens in 2001 in order to give UGA’s Lamar Dodd students and affiliates a place to exhibit their art. Matthew S. Harrison (MS ’05) of Atlanta conducted a study that showed skin color may play a role in hiring. Brian Haimbach (PhD ’06) of Greenville, S.C., directed his first play, the Greek tragedy “Aulis,” on a campus lawn at Gainesville Tech, where he is head of the theater program. Haimbach is developing the program and hoping for the campus’ own performing arts facility.


Edward D. Ariail (MBA ’82) of Clarkesville was promoted to executive vice president of Habersham Bancorp. With the company since 1984, he was previously president, corporate secretary and a member of the board of directors. James J. Chrisman (PhD ’86) of Starkville, Miss., was a featured speaker at the “Management Succession in Family Firms” seminar at Arkansas State University. Chrisman is a professor at Mississippi State University, holds an appointment at the University of Alberta and is the editor of Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice. William T. Rupp (PhD ’94) of Montevallo, Ala., is dean of Stephens College of Business at the University of Montevallo. Thomas Wilkins (BA ’99, MA ’02) of Athens published a cover story for the Georgia Historical Quarterly (summer 2007) on Sir Joseph Jekyll, for whom Jekyll Island was named. This is his second published article since graduation. 

Enviroment and Design

Jim Cothran (MLA ’68), author of the critically acclaimed book Gardens and Historic Plants of the Antebellum South, spoke at Lander University’s third annual Arboretum Lecture. He is vice president of Robert and Company’s Planning and Landscape Architecture Division in Atlanta. Randy Vinson (MLA ’94) of Covington announced his candidacy for the seat of County Commissioner in District 5.

Journalism & Mass Communication

Elizabeth Shear Orndorff (MA ’74) of Danville, Ky., was awarded third prize by the Templeton Foundation’s Power of Purpose in 2004 for her short story “The Bathroom Cleaner,” which was published in the literary magazine Silent Voices. Orndorff’s play, “Death by Darkness,” won a prize for best new work at the International Mystery Writers’ Festival in 2007, where Orndorff also received a prize as best new playwright. Martha D. Saunders (MA ’79) of Columbus, Ga., was elected as the newest member of Mississippi Power’s board of directors. Saunders is the president of the University of Southern Mississippi. Kathy McKee (MA ’83, PhD ’92) of Mount Berry was appointed the new editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. McKee is interim provost and dean of academic services and professor of communications at Berry College.


Robert I. Thompson (BSPH ’76) of Atlanta was promoted to senior vice president of the northeast division of the Rite Aid Corporation, supervising operations of over 1,000 stores. Previously Thompson was the Rite Aid vice president, pharmacy business development. Edwin Grimsley (BSPH ’82) and Peggy Lee Grimsley (BSPH ’82) of Macon celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Edwin is professor of medicine and director of the internal residency program at the Mercer University School of Medicine.

Public and International Affairs

Andrea Daniel (MPA ’92) of Elberton was promoted to the position of vice president of external affairs at Athens Technical College.

Veterinary Medicine

Henry E. Bohn (DVM ’62, BSA ’59) of Marietta was named to the State Board of Veterinary Medicine by Gov. Sonny Perdue. Bohn is an associate and veterinarian at the East Cobb Veterinary Clinic Inc. John Benson Jr. (DVM ’79) of Bangor, Maine, started a new mobile veterinary business, Carrabassett Veterinary Service. Stacey Hershman (DVM ’90) of Nyack, N.Y., took over Natural Vet for Pets. A house-call and emergency veterinarian, Hershman is certified in veterinary homeopathy and acupuncture. Angela Duprel (DVM ’93) joined the staff of Animal Medical & Surgical Center in Canton. Her specialties include animal ophthalmology and surgery. Marcia Toumayan (DVM ’95) of Hixson, Tenn., opened a cat-only veterinary clinic, the Cat Clinic of Chattanooga. James H. Brousse (DVM ’96) of Bogart opened a cats-only practice, Classic City Cat Clinic, that offers quiet, luxury boarding. Emily Hoppmann (DVM ’05) has been a practicing veterinarian at Two Notch Road Animal Clinic in Columbia, S.C., for the past two years. Hoppmann was published in the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine and is the pre-veterinary advisor at the University of South Carolina.